NFL Week 8 Recap – Favre Returns To Lambeau Field

It was another interesting weekend in the NFL as St. Louis put a halt to their 17-game losing streak and Brett Favre went home to beat the Packers.

Ravens defeat Broncos 30-7:
Baltimore handed the Broncos their first loss of the season. This was a crucial win for the Ravens, who had lost 3 straight coming in. The Ravens’ defense was the story, limiting the Broncos to just 200 yards of total offense. Lardarius Webb took the second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to put the Ravens up 13-0. Baltimore finished strong with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Texans defeat Bills 31-10:
Houston actually trailed 9-10 entering the fourth, but reeled off 22 unanswered points in the final period to pull away. Buffalo got on the board first with a 29-yard touchdown run by Terrell Owens, but the Bills’ defense could not stop RB Ryan Moats who finished with 126 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Moats took over for Steve Slaton, who lost his 5th fumble of the season. He may have just won over the starting job.

Bears defeat Browns 30-6:
Chicago took a 16-0 lead into the break and were never really in jeopardy of losing this one. Cleveland was woeful offensively once again, getting outgained 191-369 yards in the loss. Jay Cutler threw for 225 yards, but had no touchdowns and 1 interception. It was Matt Forte who carried the load, rushing for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Derek Anderson was held to 76 yards on 6-of-17 passing in the loss.

Cowboys defeat Seahawks 38-17:
Tony Romo completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Roy Williams with only 35 seconds left in the first half to give Dallas a 21-10 lead. Romo had another solid outing, throwing for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. Matt Hasselbeck was solid for Seattle, throwing for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns. But the Seahawks lost 2 fumbles, and their defense could not stop the Cowboys as Dallas recorded 25 first downs and 362 yards of total offense.

Rams defeat Lions 17-10:
St. Louis put a halt to their 17-game losing streak by physically dominating Detroit. A 25-yard touchdown scamper by Steven Jackson with just under 2 minutes remaining gave the Rams the game-winning score. Jackson finished with 149 yards on the ground, averaging 6.8 yards/carry to carry the load. The Rams held Matt Stafford to just 14-of-33 passing for a 42.4% completion percentage.

Colts defeat 49ers 18-14:
Give the 49ers defense a lot of credit for keeping them in the game, but in the end Peyton Manning and company would not be denied. The Colts gained 410 yards of total offense, including 347 passing yards from Peyton Manning, but they just couldn’t find the end zone enough times to put San Francisco away. The 49ers led 14-9 at the break, but the Colts’ defense rose up to the occasion in the second half, keeping Mike Singletary’s team off of the scoreboard.

Dolphins defeat Jets 30-25:
The Jets dominated defensively, but they lost in other phases of the game which cost them the victory. Despite outgaining Miami 378-104 in total offense, the Jets gave up two 100-yard kickoff returns to Ted Gin Jr. in the third quarter. In that same quarter, Jason Taylor returned a Shonn Greene fumble for 48 yards and another touchdown. The Jets moved the ball into the red zone in the final minute, but were unable to punch it in and overcome several key mistakes which ultimately cost them the game.

Eagles defeat Giants 40-17:
Clearly, Philly showed up to play and New York did not. The Eagles jumped out to a 16-0 lead early into the second quarter after a field goal, a 17-yard TD catch by Brent Celek and a 41-yard TD run by Leonard Weaver. The Giants were playing catch-up the rest of the way, which doesn’t suit their team well at all. Eli Manning faced constant pressure the rest of the way, throwing 2 interceptions and completing just 51.4% of his passes for the game. McNabb went 17-of-23 for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns, and LeSean McCoy rushed for 82 yards and a score as the Eagles compiled 180 total rushing yards in the win despite Brian Westbrook sitting out with a concussion. It was the third-straight loss for New York.

Chargers defeat Raiders 24-16:
The Chargers took a 21-10 lead into half time and put it on cruise control the rest of the way, only scoring 3 points after the break to keep Oakland in the game. The Raiders were outgained 180-346, and Vincent Jackson stepped up big for the Chargers with 8 grabs for 103 yards and a score. This was the second straight week the Chargers’ defense has looked sharp, though it has come against the likes of the Chiefs and now Oakland. LaDanian Tomlinson finished with 2 rushing touchdowns, only adding to his ridiculous career total. Tomlinson now has 28 career touchdowns against Oakland alone, and this was the 13th straight win by San Diego over the Raiders.

Titans defeat Jaguars 30-13:
The Titans got off the snide with a convincing win over AFC South-rival Jacksonville. Tennessee put up 430 yards of total offense, led by Chris Johnson’s 228 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Vince Young made his first start of the season, and he was efficient by completing 15-of-18 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 177 yards on just 8 carries with 2 touchdowns for the Jaguars, averaging a ridiculous 22.1 yards/carry. You would think Jacksonville would hand the ball off to this guy a little more if they want to stay competitive week in and week out.

Vikings defeat Packers 38-26:
Brett Favre now has 7 touchdowns and no interceptions in two wins over his former team this season, throwing for 4 TD passes at Lambeau Field over the weekend. The Vikings led 24-6 early in the third quarter, but Aaron Rodgers and company fought back to make it 20-24 before the period was over. This one wasn’t finished until Favre hit Bernard Berrian on a 16-yard touchdown pass with just 3:48 remaining to put the Vikings up by two scores. This was a very closely-contested game, but 2 fumbles lost by the Packers were the difference as the Vikings did not turn the ball over once. Adrian Peterson finished with 97 rushing yards while the Packers got just 30 rushing yards from Ryan Grant, also a determining factor in the end result. Aaron Rodgers did everything he could to give his team a chance, throwing for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also led his team with 52 rushing yards.

Panthers defeat Cardinals 34-21:
As we expected, the Panthers came out with revenge in mind after losing to the Cardinals last year in the playoffs. Before Arizona could do anything about it, they were down 28-7 going into halftime after Julius Peppers returned a Kurt Warner interception 13 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers picked off Warner 5 times, and that was the difference. Jake Delhomme didn’t have to do much, completing just 7-of-14 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Carolina rushed for 270 yards, getting 158 from DeAngelo Williams and 87 from Jonathan Stewart along with 2 touchdowns.

Saints defeat Falcons 35-27:
New Orleans scored two touchdowns in the final 1:05 of the first half to give them a 28-14 edge at the break. Reggie Bush rushed 1 yard for a TD, and then Jabari Greer picked off Matt Ryan and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. Give the Falcons a lot of credit for fighting back after the break, pulling to within 4 points early in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Saints did not score in the second half until there was 3:03 remaining when Drew Brees found Pierre Thomas on a 1-yard touchdown pass to put the Saints up 35-24 and basically put the game away. Matt Ryan really cost his team with 3 interceptions, but the Saints returned the favor by losing 3 fumbles to keep Atlanta in the game. These NFC South rivals combined for 879 total yards in another Monday Night shootout as predicted.


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